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Tenet wins the box office, but at the low-end of projections

Welcome to a new world where studios attempt to release blockbuster films during a pandemic.


More movie theaters re-opened across the U.S. this weekend, albeit with restrictions still in place on capacity as well as with mask mandates. Major markets such as Los Angeles and New York City remain closed, complicating matters even more.

In the midst of this, Warner Bros. pushed out the first major release since March in the form of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. The film has been open in foreign markets for some time, and has been in Canada for nearly two weeks, but this marks its United States debut.

For the North American market, the film took in $20M, and that includes the 11 days it had been running in Canada. China was its biggest market taking in $30M, while other markets such as the United Kingdom are already seeing drops in the ticket sales. Globally the film sits at $146M with $126M of that being foreign markets.

The New Mutants landed in second place with $2.87M, a drop of 59% from its opening weekend.

Third place went to Unhinged with $1.67M.

The Personal History of David Copperfield landed in fourth place with $361K.

The only wide release for this week is Sony Pictures, The Broken Hearts Gallery.

We’re fully expecting some additional changes to the release schedule in the coming weeks.



Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing